Has good speed and burst to move in space. Does a nice job attacking upfield and can shoot gaps to make stops in the backfield. Also can come upfield off the edge and set the edge and make a stop. Fills against the run, showing ability to wrap up and deliver blow to ballcarrier at the point of attack. Shows some burst off the edge as a pass rusher and is pretty comfortable playing on the line of scrimmage. Shows enough athleticism to match up in coverage.
Lacks overall awareness and instincts. Doesn't show a great nose to the ball when working in space and pursuit. Struggles to get off blocks there and can get caught in the trash and out of position. Doesn't do a great job getting off blocks when working against the tight end. Will lose outside contain, getting sucked inside. Relies on his quickness as a pass rusher, lacking technique, and his quickness isn't anything to write home about. Needs to polish his footwork when dropping back into coverage, as he doesn't get great depth and struggles to change direction, limiting his ability in zone and man.
Davie has the size and speed combo you want to see in a SAM linebacker at the next level. But he's not that instinctual and despite his physical tools, doesn't make as many plays as you'd hope. Had a strong junior campaign, but fell back to earth a bit as a senior. His junior year, had 90 tackles, 11.5 for loss, 5 sacks, 1 INT, 4 pass breakups, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 recovery. As a senior, he had 71 tackles, 6 for loss, 1.5 sack, 3 INTs, 7 PBUs, 1 forced fumble, and 1 recovery.
Davie can be a nice developmental starter at OLB in a 4-3 scheme. He also has enough size and ability as a pass rusher to think he could make an adequate fit in a 3-4 scheme. But his lack of pass rushing prowess means that he's more likely to be a backup in that scheme. He's a guy that I wouldn't expect big things from until his third or so year in the league. And even then it's a question mark. I think he can be an adequate starter, but only if he's playing beside better linebackers that can make his job easier. He needs to improve in all aspects of his game, and if he can then he can be a suitable starter like a Stephen Nicholas.
Davie is a decent option to develop behind Nicholas at SAM linebacker. He's not ready to be a starter yet, but by the end of his second or third season he should be knocking on the door. He's not instinctual enough to be a playmaker at that spot, but like Nicholas can make the occasional play, and as long as he can improve to a point where he can limit his mistakes, he'll be a decent stopgap starter for a few years. But eventually, probably by the time his rookie contract expires, the Falcons will probably be trying to move on with a better player. In the meantime, he'll have to prove his worth on special teams.
A 4-3 team looking for a developmental OLB can nab him in the late rounds, potentially as high as the fifth round.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.5
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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